Top choice italian in Gastown & Chinatown

Eyebrows were raised when this contemporary, rustic-style Italian restaurant opened in a hitherto sketchy part of town. But Campagnolo has lured locals and inspired a miniwave of other restaurants in the vicinity. Reserve ahead and dive into reinvented comfort dishes such as shrimp gnocchetti and a fennel sausage-topped pizza that may induce you to eat your body weight in thin-crust.

There are several great vegetarian options here. Save some room for a buzz-triggering after-dinner glass of grappa or consider heading to the hidden gem Campagnolo Upstairs bar. With a separate street entrance, this woodsy, comfortably hip haunt serves great cocktails, craft beers and its own food menu. Don't miss the famous 'dirty burger' here; it's arguably the best in town.